Dee Ford, Frankie Hammond Jr. also have big days for Chiefs


ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Some observations from Monday's Kansas City Chiefs' training camp practice at Missouri Western State University:

  • Cornerback Marcus Peters was the star of the day, but linebacker Dee Ford and wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. did well for themselves. Ford and Dezman Moses would have combined for a sack if the Chiefs had been tackling. He later got to the quarterback by flattening offensive tackle Jarrod Pughsley with a strong pass rush move. Hammond had two leaping catches. One led quarterback Alex Smith, apparently thinking the pass would go incomplete, to pump his fist in celebration.

  • One moment of practice levity came when wide receiver Jeremy Maclin took a lateral from Smith and attempted to throw back to the quarterback. His pass bounced several feet in front of Smith. That prompted a loud chorus of boos from the defensive players on the sideline.

  • The Chiefs unveiled their defensive lineup in passing situations and it featured Mike Catapano as a down pass-rusher in place of the injured Dontari Poe. Catapano is an interesting candidate. The Chiefs drafted him in the seventh round in 2013 from Princeton because they were intrigued by his pass rush ability. He missed all of last season with a viral condition but is healthy again and could serve as an adequate replacement for Poe in passing situations.

  • The Chiefs went indoors with practice about a half-hour after it started because of lightning in the area. One reason the Chiefs moved their training camp to Missouri Western in 2010 was the availability of a 100-yard, indoor practice field.

  • The Chiefs practiced without defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, who was released by Kansas City. Worthy was a second-round pick of Green Bay in 2012 when John Dorsey helped run their draft. Dorsey is now general manager of the Chiefs.